When Moving House What to Pack First?

Packing needs patients and foresight. Often when mov ing house people will leave everything to the last minute and find themselves over stressed during their move and worst still, damaged items due to incorrect or inadequate packing.  Sometimes it can seem like an impossible task but below is a list of items to pack first before your move. 

It is a great idea to create a move calendar with reminders of what to pack day by day leading up to your move day. Also start a house inventory checklist this can be used for categorising, numbering and organising boxes, this will help you sort your items out much more efficiently.

This is also the time to throw out anything not worth moving you will be amazed at how much stuff you have accumulated over the years that you no longer use.

A major rule when packing up for moving house is that you should start the packing process from the least frequently used rooms and premises in your home. 

First items to pack from our experience

  • Pack items that are out of season. 
  • Clothing , Decorations ( eg Christmas ) 
  • Surplus Items: Towels and linen, stationary etc that are not being used, even cups, plates items anywhere where you have more than you need for daily living.
  • Collectables: These are non essential so start packing up your stamp collections and figurines 
DR practice

Moving House Can I Stay With My GP?

GP practices are within their rights to force you to move to a new GP practice, they have to be able to draw a line somewhere, it can be upsetting moving to a new GP particularly if you have had the same one for a long time.

if you are moving house and not moving far then staying with your GP shouldn’t be problem. You should always ask your GP if they are willing to continue treating you . The reason you need to notify your GP practice of an address move is your doctor will need to assure the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that they are willing to visit and treat you. 

You could try popping in and talking directly to your practice and as long as you are not too far away they might keep you on.

Car Insurance Moving house

Will moving house affect my car insurance

Will moving house affect my car insurance?

Well you might not think moving house effects your car insurance but you would be wrong about that. your postcode is taken into account when they set your premiums so it is important that you notify your insurance company of any changes. Local crime rates  are taken into account and of course the roads in that area may be deemed more risky. Your insurance could rise 9 or fall ) if you are moving somewhere deemed less risky so you might actually benefit from the change of address. 

Also your insurer will want to know if you park your card on the roadside or off road in a private drive. off street parking will always gain you cheaper insurance. 

Insurer Fees

Be prepared to pay a small fee for changes made to your policy usually around £25.00. it is important you do not try to avoid this charge by not updating your insurer about your move it could invalidate your insurance and you may not get a pay out on a claim due to this. Maybe when you change address it is time to shop for a new insurer but no doubt you have enough to think about while moving house. 

V5C Log book 

Another important thing to remember is to change your address on your Log Book / V5C document. This registers your vehicle with the DVLA and you need this when selling the vehicle and is the address associated with the vehicle and road tax. it is essential to keep it up to date or you could see documents and penalties going to the wrong address. it is very easy to change, just fill out section 6 sign and date section 8 it and then send to the DBVLA in Swansea. 

While we are here talking about your vehicle insurance make sure you update your drivers license address details. Amendments can be made online at www.gov.uk and a new license should  arrive within a week.

Protecting Furniture While In Storage

Sometimes when you’re moving, it might be necessary to keep at least some of your furniture in storage for a while. This may be because you simply have so much to pack that you have to start early, or due to a delay in your moving process. Perhaps you’re actually moving to a smaller property temporarily, so you’ll need to keep some of your items in long term storage.

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